Jangaon: A copper pot (Lanke Bindhe) filled with gold and silver jewellery was found in an agriculture field at Pembarthy village,about six km away from here, on Wednesday.
Revenue, police and other officials visited the site on Thursday after learning about the treasure trove and confiscated it. While 187 grams of gold ornaments were found in the pot, it also contained 1.700 kg of silver jewellery. The items include ‘chevi kammalu’, ‘pustelu’, ‘nagapedigelu’, rings, bracelets, and other ornaments.
Speaking to media, Jangaon ACP Vinod Kumar said that one Narsimha, a realtor from Hyderabad, purchased a total of 11 acres of land near National Highway 163 two months ago and was levelling the land with a bull-dozer as he and his partners wanted to convert it into housing plots. “While we were removing the boulders in the field, we found the ‘Lanke Bindhe’ and informed the officials,” Narsimha claimed.
“The jewellery was examined by a local goldsmith and found that it was genuine. Joint Collector A Bhaskar Rao monitored the entire process,” he added. Archaeology and history enthusiast R Ranthnakar Reddy of Jangaon visited the spot. He said that the exact period of the jewellery was yet to be confirmed by the Archaeology Department experts as the Assistant Director, Archeology Department Mallu Naik is yet to come to Jangaon.
“An inscription of the Kakatiya period was found near a tank in the village. If this is deciphered, some information will be available about the exact date of the ornaments,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sarpanch, Pembarthi, Ambala Anjaneyulu Goud urged officials to take up excavation at the village under the supervision of the Department of Archeology as they believe more such troves could be ‘hidden’ in the land at their village. “Our village has historical significance since the Kakatiya era. There was an arms unit during the reign of Sardar Sarvai Papanna. We suspect that the jewellery found today belonged to the Kakatiya period,” he added.
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